Sitting on Observatory Hill, high in the Palani Hills and in the heart of the tea country, Windermere Estate is surrounded by a cardamom estate. The 360° views from this delicious little retreat are truly awe-inspiring and you often find yourself looking down on the clouds below. When the clouds disperse, the Western Ghats open up before you.
Scattered around the hilltop are delightful, large cottages and a farmhouse which, together, house 18 charming, simply decorated rooms with views to die for or a small garden. The wooden, ‘chalet-style’ dining room sits below an airy yet cosy sitting room which boasts a blazing log fire for warmth on the colder nights, and it looks over the pretty garden and pool. The owning family live in the old planters’ bungalow (part time) and their friendly staff will take you off on long walks in the hills or private cardamom estate.
It is very much a place to experience the hills at their best as the peace and solitude up here is second to none - nature and an unspoilt wilderness envelop you. Simple, local cuisine will ensure no-one goes out on an empty stomach and thirst-quenching mint tea awaits guests on their return from a vigorous and informative walk. Famous for its ‘alpine’ atmosphere and charm, Windermere Estate is an enchanting place which would appeal to people who want to escape from the bustling cities and who have a love for the great outdoors and who are in search of a low-key, wilderness atmosphere.
Windermere Estate has various admirable ‘green’ commitments:
High in the hills, tea and cardamom estates of Kerala, this delightful hotel has glorious views and would be a fun place to take over for a medium sized gathering of friends who want to get into the wilderness. Limited venues on site might preclude longer party moments from happening but any party here would be carefully and charmingly managed. Limited local entertainment possible.
For reservations please contact your tour operator, your local travel agent,
or the hotel.
Get up early and climb to the viewing platform to look down on the clouds in the valley below you. Take a plantation walk.
By air to Cochin or Madurai followed by a 3 ½ / 4 hour road journey.
By road from the backwaters, Kanam, Thekkady, Kodaikanal, Pollachi, Palakkad.